The Port of Seattle aims to be the greenest, most energy efficient port in N. America
With that goal in mind, the Port Commission authorized more than $45 million in environmental initiatives and projects for 2017:
- encouraging more people to use light-rail to get to and from the airport,
- increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations at Sea-Tac,
- offering more sound insulation to neighbors around the airport,
- protecting water quality through expanded storm water management,
- creating a $1 million fund to implement the Energy and Sustainability Committee policy directives, and
- designating another $1 million for community ecological projects in SeaTac, Burien and Des Moines.
The $1 million fund listed in the last bullet point above is intended for the communities of Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac to invest in environmental and ecological projects and programs.
In early 2017, the Port of Seattle will plant about 1,500 native, lower-growing trees, shrubs, and flowers to replace about 600 tall trees that must be removed to avoid interference with aircraft. The new plants will include those indicated in the image to the left.
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Port to test solar power on net shed roof at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal
Solar power is sparking interest among project managers working to modernize Port facilities. One such project, to replace the roofs on the net sheds at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, will demonstrate the ability of solar, known as photovoltaic power production, to save electricity and offset carbon emissions.
Planners estimate that the solar panels on one of the net sheds could produce 11,000 kilowatts of electricity per year, reducing carbon emissions by 279 pounds. The project could be in place by the end of 2017.
At the same time, engineers are looking at the feasibility of installing solar panels at Pier 69, the Port of Seattle headquarters on the Seattle waterfront, as well as other Port properties. The potential exists to offset carbon emissions by hundreds of thousands of pounds per year, reducing greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.